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>> The tools of a Ukrainian spy network in Crimea, so says Russia's FSB security service. Homemade explosives, ammunition, grenades, and mines. The FSB's saying it dismantled the network in Russian-annexed Crimea and thwarted two armed incursions. Aimed at getting saboteurs into the peninsula so that they could set off bombs to disrupt the tourist industry.
An FSB employee and a Russian soldier were killed in clashes with Ukrainian forces, it says. Kiev's retort, Russia has invented the accusations, denying Russian President Vladimir Putin's assertion on Wednesday that it's using terror tactics to provoke a new conflict and destabilize Crimea. Putin now says there's no longer any point in planned talks at the G20 next month, about the troubled peace process.
Reuter's Andrew Osborn in Moscow says he might be hoping to bring an end to US and EU sanctions, imposed in response to Russia's annexation of Crimea from Ukraine in 2014. What might be happening here is that Mr. Putin is playing a longer game and that he has essentially given up on the Ukrainian peace process.
And thinks that this is the only way, his only chance of really getting these sanctions lifted. By discrediting Ukraine, by forcing really a redrawing of the peace process.>> With Ukraine's border guards saying on Thursday that Russia has amassed more and better equipped troops on the border. And Moscow announcing naval exercises in the Black Sea to practice repelling saboteurs
>> Fears are growing that Russian military action looms on the horizon.